Thursday, February 12, 2015

News: Xeros attracts further incentives

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Six more utilities companies in the US are recognising the potential for award-winning laundry systems from Rotherham-based, Xeros to cut energy and water consumption.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), Xeros is a Leeds University spin-out that has developed a patented system using a unique method of special polymer beads rather than the usual large amounts of fresh water to clean clothes.

The system comprises a special washing machine designed to release the beads into the drum for cleaning, and which then removes them from clothes once the cleaning is complete.

Connecticut Natural Gas, Pacific Gas and Electricity Company, Questar Gas, Southwest Gas, and Xcel Energy are now offering incentives for the energy savings reaped using polymer bead cleaning. They join Columbia Gas and National Grid.

Utility company customers include hotels, commercial and industrial laundries, dry cleaners, and fitness centres. The first incentive payment by a US utility company was to Sterling Linen Services in April 2014, where the Xeros polymer bead cleaning system delivered a 98% reduction in natural gas usage and 76% reduction in water usage.

The incentives are part of a program to promote various energy-saving cleaning technologies which award financial incentives under the Federal Energy Management Program's Energy Incentive Program after specific pre-determined energy savings milestones are met. Since the incentive programs were first launched in early 2014, eight utility companies are now offering them to their customers and have offered, in total, over $275,000 in incentives for polymer bead technology.

The incentives are part of a program to promote various energy-saving technologies which award financial incentives after specific pre-determined energy savings milestones are met.

Jonathan Benjamin, president, Xeros, North America, said: "Utility companies are seeking proactive strategies that help them and their customers to save energy, reduce environmental impact and control costs. Xeros polymer bead technology laundry machines provide proven cost savings and energy conservation as evidenced by the tremendous growth in the Xeros Utility Incentive Program and, positive response from customers."

The billion dollar US laundry market is the major target for Xeros, who were admitted to the AIM stock exchange last year. The firm is taking advantage of water scarcity and water cost issues, bouyed by the financial incentives on offer. The firm is attracting interest from many of the 3,000 utility companies in America as well as government rebate programmes in states such as California.

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